CJ briefed on intellectual property law

ISLAMABAD - A foreign delegation of Federal Judicial Academy trainers, who are on one week visit to Pakistan to impart legal education to the judges of the district judiciary, paid a courtesy call to Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on Monday in Supreme Court building. The delegation was consisted of Telissa A. Ridgway, Judge US Court of International Trade, Morrison C. England Jr US District Court Judge, Eastern District of California, Scott Baldwin, Attorney, Office of the Policy and External Affairs US PTO, Phillip Guentert, Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Coordinator US DOJ, Joe Yong, Attorney Advisor, International CLDP and Kalpanareddy. Justice Mian Shakirullah Jan, senior judge, Supreme Court and Judge Incharge Federal Judicial Academy was also present at the occasion. During this courtesy call, they discussed with the chief justice the judicial course being imparted to the judges at academy relating to intellectual property law, piracy and counterfeit laws. Meanwhile, Hashim Abro, spokesman of the academy, said that Intellectual Property Day would be celebrated at the academy in collaboration with the Commercial Law Development Programme (CLDP) Office of the General Counsel, US Department of Commerce with participation from the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) US Federal Courts and the US Department of Justice (USDOJ) today (Tuesday). The erudite speakers from the US and Pakistan will highlight the importance of this global red-letter day. The will also speak about the recent developments in the intellectual property laws, such as in the fields of genetic resources, traditional knowledge and folklore, electronic commerce and the TRIPS agreement, and road ahead for IPR in Pakistan. A considerable number of judicial officers will attend the celebration ceremony. Regarding the perspective of World IP day, Mr Abro said that World IP Day was instituted by the World IP Organisation in 2000 to foster awareness about the importance of the protection of intellectual property rights, interalia, raise awareness of the threat posed globally by the theft of trademark and intellectual property rights, and the dangers posed by counterfeit and substandard products. However, the World IP Day is celebrated annually on April 26, the date on which the Convention establishing WIPO entered into force in 1970.

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